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  1. Brian in Boston

    Loudoun United USL revealed

    Outstanding work, Mark! I love the nods to the Loudon County Seal and Flag (both based upon the coat-of-arms of the Earl of Loudon, for whom the county was named), the county's place within Virginia "horse country", and the wing borrowed from the D.C. United crest. It all combines to make for a dynamic crest.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Playing at Boston University's Nickerson Field long-term was financially untenable. At the time, the stadium's capacity was just over 20,000 people, but amenities were sorely lacking for fans of a professional franchise, even an alternative pro football team. Frankly, the fact that the Boston Breakers averaged just under 13,000 fans a game at a facility like Nickerson Field was pretty amazing. I will say that the fans who did show up were enthusiastic. My season ticket for the Breakers was the first that I personally ever owned. Prior to that, my father or uncles had sprung for our family's sports purchases.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    As a former season ticket-holder for the Boston Breakers I can confirm that the team held USFL Territorial Draft rights to players from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983. The Breakers' assigned schools for the purpose of the USFL Territorial Draft were Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  4. I didn't realize until today that the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League's High Point-Thomasville HiToms have apparently begun using a new primary logo. High Point-Thomasville HiToms Logo
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    San Diego Padres focus-grouping new uniforms for 2020

    I've long felt that the Padres should pair the brown from their past with the powder blue and sand/tan hues that they utilized in their branding package between 2004 and 2011. I think brown as the primary color, powder blue as the secondary color, and sand/tan as the tertiary/accent color would be both unique and attractive. I'm still a fan of the ideas that graphic designer Dane Storrusten came up with for updating the San Diego Padres' look I loved the color palette Storrusten chose to work with: deep brown (calling to mind a Franciscan friar's habit), golden tan (emblematic of sandy beaches), and a blue somewhere between powder and teal (representing the Southern California sky). The font - especially as featured in the "SD" ligature that he created - struck me as being evocative of the Spanish Mission Period in Alta California. As I recall, he came up with a pair of caps, one of which featured golden tan contrasting front panels. Personally, I'd like to see the road uniform rendered in khaki instead of grey, with blue lettering and numbering outlined in brown. Other than that, I think Storrusten's concept would be a brilliant look for the Padres.
  6. Yes, while a clunky mouthful, High Point Dragon Claws would have not only paid homage to "topping" a bat in order to determine which team captain would get the first pick in selecting players for a pick-up baseball game, but also have referenced the ball-and-claw style of foot often seen in furniture making.
  7. Oh, how I hate to see the Triple-A team of my youth succumb to this OVERdone-to-death sports branding fad. That said, it could be worse. The PawSox could have embraced one of the most familiar colloquialisms for this signature Rhode Island foodstuff and dubbed themselves the Pawtucket Gaggers (Gaggahs).
  8. With the independent Atlantic League's Bridgeport Bluefish relocating to the new BB&T Point stadium in High Point, North Carolina in time for the 2019 season, a "Name the Team" contest for the franchise has been underway in the Piedmont Triad. Yesterday, the final three candidates for the team's new identity were revealed to the public. The team will be known as the High Point Dragon Claws, High Point Rockers, or High Point Splinters. Previously eliminated names in the multi-round contest were Chairmen, Hush Puppies, Iron Dragons, Iron Eagles, Pioneers, RockerSox, and Tri-Stars. The team's name and primary logo are set to be unveiled at 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 12th. High Point Baseball Announces Final Three Names
  9. Brian in Boston

    CFL to bid adieu to Adidas after this season (2018)

    I was a fan of the boat in this alternate Argonauts logo. The word mark can certainly use work and I could see swapping out the maple leaf on the sail for an A. That said, I was always disappointed that this wasn't a more prevalent part of the Argos' "Boatman" identity package.
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    Unusual Team Branding Ideas

    As is common throughout the state, the "Six Flags over Texas" are proudly on display at the Alamo. That being the case, I'd opt for San Antonio's new Triple-A franchise to be dubbed the San Antonio Banderas. The team's primary logo would be inspired by the reverse of the Seal of the State of Texas. The Alamo would be the centerpiece of the mark, with each of the "Six Flags over Texas" unfurled around the mission, baseball bats serving as the flagpoles to which the banderas are affixed. Each day of the week would see the San Antonio Banderas wear a different cap. Monday through Saturday, each cap would be adorned with the letters "SA" superimposed over one of the "Six Flags over Texas" flying from a baseball bat. Mondays would feature the Flag of Castile and León, which was used by Spain during its rule over much of Texas. Tuesdays would see either the Blue Capetian Flag or the standard of the French royal family used on the team's caps. Wednesdays would see the Flag of Mexico included in the cap logo. Thursdays would see the Flag of Texas adorn the cap logo. So called 'Federate Fridays, not without controversy, would see the first Flag of the Confederate States of America used in the cap logo. Saturdays would see "Old Glory" attain the position of honor in the Banderas' cap logo. On Sundays, the San Antonio Banderas would sport their "El Mariachi Alts", with a cap logo that features a cartoon depiction of the star of the films Desperado and Once Upon A Time in Mexico. Said logo would depict El Mariachi swinging his guitar like a baseball bat (think of something straddling the line between the old Nashville Sounds logo and today's Inland Empire 66ers mascot).
  11. Both of the word marks are outstanding. I love the logo that features the rat holding the slice of pepperoni pizza aloft, though it could do without the baseball bat he's wielding (Brandiose gonna Brandiose). All of that said, the simplicity of the pizza peel emblazoned with the "SI" ligature is my personal favorite. I just think it's phenomenal!
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    USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    So, it would appear that the United 2026 bid has proposed staging three matches on opening day of the 2026 World Cup, with each of the co-hosting nations having one of the matches taking place on its soil. While the USSF was hoping that the Rose Bowl in Pasadena would play host to the "main" opening match, Mexican federation president Decio de Maria is lobbying for Mexico City's Estadio Azteca to be given that honor. Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in plans to open 2026 World Cup
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    USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    Robert Kraft being granted honorary chairmanship of the United 2026 bid was a travesty. The primary - indeed, one could argue only - reason he was tabbed for said position is that it was granted to him by former USSF President Sunil Gulati. Gulati has been a Kraft toady since Bob employed him as an (ineffectual) consultant regarding the operation of the New England Revolution under the grandiose title "President of Kraft Soccer Group". With Gulati's removal from his sole chairmanship of the United 2026 Bid Committee back in March and his replacement by the trio of Carlos Cordeiro, Steve Reed, and Decio de Maria, I was hoping that the bid's new leadership might have the chutzpah to leave Kraft hanging when it came time to dole out World Cup 2026 matches. Frankly, it has become abundantly clear over the course of the past 23 years that Bob Kraft's investment in and operation of a Major League Soccer franchise has been undertaken solely with an eye towards filling empty days on the Gillette Stadium event calendar and keeping said facility on the radar of those soccer executives responsible for the scheduling of international tournaments and high-profile friendlies. Including Gillette Stadium amongst the 2026 World Cup host venues rewards Kraft's disinterested stewardship as investor/operator of the New England Revolution. The guy shouldn't be granted such a boon in exchange for turning the Greater Boston market into a Major League Soccer backwater.
  14. Brian in Boston

    USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    I wouldn't bet on that. I could certainly see Gillette Stadium/Foxborough getting the nod. However, with the USSF apparently wanting Greater New York (MetLife Stadium) to play host to the 2026 World Cup Final , plus my gut telling me that there's going to be a desire to have part of the competition staged in proximity to the nation's capital (FedEx Field), I just don't see a pressing need for Greater Boston to play host to matches. We'll see.
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    USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    Of the 17 cities/stadiums that are in the running to be selected as one of the 10 U.S. host sites, the reality is that just 13 cities are fighting for 6 slots. The early word is that the USSF has already proposed that the opening match of the tournament should be staged at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA), with AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX) and Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA) hosting the semi-finals, and MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ) as the site for the final. If those four venues are selected, my gut is telling me that five of the six remaining U.S. slots would go to CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA), FedEx Field (Landover, MD), Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL), Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, CA), and NRG Stadium (Houston, TX). Beyond that, I think Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, MO) gets the nod for the final spot, if only for the tournament to have a presence in the nation's heartland.